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Kingswinford School’s Bloodhound Rocket Car – another Glass in Society success story

BH2Kingswinford School in Dudley is an old friend of the Company and the Charity fund has been delighted to support their imaginative and exciting Glass in Society projects. The current, and certainly most exciting, is the construction of 1/10th scale models of the Bloodhound Rocket car that is being developed at Swansea University. Over the last year a group of Y9, 10 and 11 students have been constructing three rocket cars with the aim of putting the best forward for a Guinness World Record attempt as part of the Bloodhound Challenge.  The real rocket car is intended to travel at speeds of 1000 mph. The students’ aim is to break the existing model speed record in their category.  There are four categories.  The current record in the “unlimited” category (anyone in full-time education, any age, any number of rockets) is 533.10 mph.

The project goes from strength to strength. Over the last few months the students have BH1completed the first prototype and started testing some of the key features of the car such as; Winglets, steering, airbrakes and rocket deployment.

The school has had support from a local engineering company who has industrially produced the wheels in aluminium. This has significantly improved the handling of the car. The students are now in the final stages of manufacturing a backup car which will be even lighter than the first prototype and will incorporate a different parachute release method.

The students were due to attend Santa Pod Raceway on 4th July to test their car but unfortunately bad weather got in the way. The event is being rearranged for the new term (September). Kingswinford students are also hoping to attend a land speed record event being held at an airport in North Wales this month.

So watch this space. The Trustees will keep the Livery informed of further progress of the students’ attempt to break the world model speed record.

In the meantime here are some videos of the students testing their prototype.
Bloodhound prototype video 1
Bloodhound prototype video 2